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Phillip Island WSBK test: New engine spec for Rea in Australia

Reigning World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea has a new engine spec to try at the Phillip Island test which is closer to what he had last year and suiting his riding style more than the motor he had at the Jerez and Aragon tests.

Rea has two versions of the 2016 ZX-10R in Australia and is also trying various parts back to back including a new swingarm.

“We arrived here with a new engine character for me but I am finding it more manageable, it’s a little bit more towards my style and it’s easier to ride and giving me confidence. In the other tests I have been using something quite different,” said Rea, speaking at the track.


“We got enough done, we were able to understand the two race tyres that Pirelli have brought. It seems like we are at a good level but this track is special and it can sometimes throw curveballs. It’s a new bike, let’s not forget, and I am still learning how to get the best out of it.

“We managed to put the package together from the winter test and we have two bikes here for this test, which we don’t usually have, so it’s easier to draw parallels with a different swingarm in one bike. It is clear which way we need to go and it’s quicker to change settings too but saving time wasn’t the priority today with the weather.”

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